Marco Reus has sent a clear statement of intent to those who may have been looking to take his talents from Borussia Dortmund, insisting he won't be going anywhere this summer.
The Black and Yellows' star attack has incessantly been linked with a move away from Signal Iduna Park in recent months, but he told German magazine Kicker (h/t Sky Sports) that he'll be remaining with his boyhood outfit next term: "It's safe to say I will be playing for Borussia Dortmund also in the 2014/2015 season. Basically I do not need to stress all the time that I am feeling great being with the club. As far as leaving (Borussia Dortmund) that is no issue for me, and I am not affected by it (the transfer release clause)."
The clause Reus refers to stipulates that he can leave the Bundesliga giants for a fee of €35 million, although Sky Sports' Pete O'Rourke has reported that the clause only comes into effect in 2015.
Manchester United will be among those most disappointed to hear of Reus' stable loyalties to the club he left in 2006, only to come back as a more matured figure in 2012.
Since then, "Rolls" Reus has gone from strength to strength as part of Juergen Klopp's project, taking his seat as one of the main centre-pieces in the club's attack alongside the likes of Robert Lewandowski and Jakub Blaszczykowski.
And that importance will only grow in the absence of Bayern Munich-bound Lewandowski, who vacates Klopp's central-striking role this summer as he leaves for the Allianz Arena.
The official Bundesliga Twitter account quoted the Dortmund mastermind on who he thinks will fill that scoring void:
Richard Tanner of the Express writes that Louis van Gaal is expected to be announced as the Red Devils' new permanent manager this week, bringing an end to weeks of speculation regarding who would succeed David Moyes.
Where would Reus win more trophies over the next five years?
And the ex-Bayern boss' Bundesliga ties may have made him that much more likely to chase up any interest in Reus, having watched the former Borussia Moenchengladbach star dazzle in his Westfalenstadion surroundings for the past two terms.
The 24-year-old is now preparing to take to the World Cup stage as part of Joachim Low's Germany squad this summer, having scored 16 goals and created an astonishing 90 scoring chances this league season, per Squawka.
OptaFranz show there's no smoke without fire, either, as Reus' shot count is undoubtedly one of the main factors in why he's had such a prolific campaign:
114 - Robert Lewandowski (114), Marco Reus (106) and Adrian Ramos (90) have taken the most shots in the league this season. Fire.— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) May 10, 2014
Attack is just one of the areas likely to undergo a remodelling at Old Trafford this summer, with no aspect of United's squad likely to go untouched.
Reus' ability to play out wide or more centrally in a supporting-striker role would have gone down well with United's current requirements in need of addressing, but it seems the pursuit is as good as over—for now at least.